Rauner Says Democrats Have Blocked Progress
Many people will said that the State of Illinois is in worse financial shape now than it was two years ago when Republican Governor Bruce Rauner took office. However, as Newschannel 20's Esther Kwon reports, Governor Rauner says democrats have been an obstacle to success.
Rauner said his administration has done "a phenomenal job" on the things he can control, and said the Democratic majority has blocked him from fixing the state's issues.
Governor Rauner stopped at Fulgenzi's Restaurant in Springfield on Tuesday afternoon as part of his two-day tour across the state. He spoke to a group of local lawmakers and residents.
Rauner said things have not gotten better financially because Democrats are preventing him from making things better. "They've created the worst crisis of any state in America," said Rauner. "On things that I can control, we've done wonderfully. Where the General Assembly has blocked progress, they've made the problem worse but it's not surprising because they created the problem in the first place over the last 30 years."
While Governor Rauner spoke inside, a crowd of protesters gathered outside chanting for Rauner to "do his job."
"I wish he would do his job. He can't dictate to people," said JoAnn Conrad, a Springfield resident and retired special education teacher. "He has to have a budget in place, he can't say, 'I'm going to shut down government and not have a budget because you people won't negotiate the way I want you to."
A lot of people have been questioning Governor Rauner's motives of this tour, wondering if this is an official re-election bid. The tour is being paid for out of his over $50 million campaign fund, but Governor Rauner said it is not a campaign event.